TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was lower Thursday on the final day of first-quarter trading but the market found support in a surprise profit from tech giant BlackBerry amid the rollout of its new touchscreen Z10 smartphone.BlackBerry shares (TSX:BB) (NASDAQ:BBRY) were up 58 cents or 3.92 per cent at $15.38 after the company posted a profit of US$98 million or 19 cents per share compared with a loss of $125 million or 24 cents per share a year ago.The S&P/TSX composite index was off the worst levels of the day as base metal stocks turned positive, but was still down 15.4 points at 12,684.25 in a session that featured another round of worry about the future of the eurozone. The TSX Venture Exchange slipped 0.22 of a point to 1,097.57 in the final day of a shortened trading week ahead of the Easter holiday weekend.“There hasn’t really been much in the way of good news out of anywhere,” said Colin Cieszynski, market analyst at CMC Markets Canada..“It seems as though we have a lot of people who are closing out positions and who can blame people for not wanting to do much.”The Canadian dollar was off session highs but still up 0.03 of a cent at 98.41 cents US amid January gross domestic product figures that showed Canada’s economy grew at a faster than expected clip after faltering at the end of 2012.Statistics Canada reported that real gross domestic product in January grew by 0.2 per cent. That was better than the 0.1 per cent gain economists had expected and followed a 0.2 per cent dip in December.U.S. indexes registered gains going into the weekend amid other data that showed that the U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster but still anemic rate at the end of last year.The Dow Jones industrials index gained 44.89 points to 14,571.05.The Nasdaq composite index edged 4.01 points higher to 3,260.53 while the S&P 500 index could be on the way to a record high close, jumping 4.2 points to 1,567.05, surpassing its record closing high of Oct. 9, 2007.The Commerce Department says the economy grew at an annual rate of 0.4 per cent in the October-December quarter. That was slightly better than the previous estimate of 0.1 per cent growth. The revision reflected stronger business investment and export sales.Traders looked to Cyprus where banks reopened after a nearly two-week shutdown as the tiny Mediterranean country negotiated a bailout agreement with international creditors that will see many large depositors lose a big chunk of their money.“It opens up a Pandora’s box and who can trust their banks now?” added Cieszynski.The mood was generally calm despite some long queues at certain branches. Cyprus has imposed capital controls to prevent a run on the banks, the first time such measures have been taken since the euro was established in 1999.The TSX was set to end the week with a loss after the Cyprus bailout agreement was clinched in the early hours of Monday morning. Early relief gave way to concern that the Cyprus bailout agreement may be a model for the future.Uncertainty over the political future of Italy was also putting pressure on the euro. Following inconclusive elections around a month ago, the country is still without a government and that has raised concerns over its future economic path. Italy is the third-largest economy of the 17 countries that use the euro.The financials sector fell 0.4 per cent, with Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) dropping $1 to $58.41.The gold sector was down 0.65 per cent as June bullion dipped $8.30 to US$1,598.90 an ounce. Iamgold Corp. (TSX:IMG) faded seven cents to C$7.31.The energy sector was off 0.1 per cent even as May crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange inched up three cents to US$96.61 a barrel.Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) shares added 12 cents to C$30.52 after it announced Wednesday it was not going ahead with its troubled Voyageur oilsands upgrader project, citing market conditions which have changed significantly, challenging the economics of the project. Suncor took a $1.49-billion writedown on Voyageur in the fourth quarter of 2012.The company said it will take a charge to its first quarter net income and cash flow from operations of approximately $140 million and $180 million respectively as a result of the decision.The TSX found support from the utilities sector, up about one per cent as Atlantic Power (TSX:ATP) gained nine cents to $5.18.Industrials also advanced with Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) ahead $2.27 to $131.33.May copper shed early gains and was unchanged at US$3.44 a pound and the base metals sector gained 0.26 per cent. Rio Alto Mining (TSX:RIO) rose 17 cents to C$4.90.European bourses advanced as London’s FTSE 100 index gained 0.8 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX was up 0.53 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 climbed 0.77 per cent.
The Attorney General today withdrew the case filed against former Minister Basil Rajapaksa.The case was filed on the misuse of state funds when he was the Minister of Economic Affairs. Basil Rajapaksa was accused of misusing Divi Neguma funds. (Colombo Gazette)
Expressing concern over the deaths of seven Palestinian civilians during Israeli military operations in northern Gaza Strip on Monday after Palestinians there launched rocket attacks, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on both sides to fulfil their international obligations in the run-up to Palestinian elections next week. “He is particularly disturbed that at least five of the victims were under the age of 18,” UN spokesperson Marie Okabe said, adding, “The Israeli military operations followed a marked increase in recent days of Qassam rocket attacks by Palestinian militants.” Mr. Annan reminded them of “the vital importance of exercising maximum restraint and responsibility during this critical period before the 9 January Palestinian presidential elections,” she said. The Secretary-General renewed his call on both parties “to follow their obligations under international law and in particular to ensure the protection of the civilian population,” Ms. Okabe said. Meanwhile, 51 countries had sent observer delegations with 320 delegates so far for the elections on Sunday and more than 700 international observers would be deployed on the election day, she said. “Further to the UN’s ongoing technical and logistical assistance programmes, the Palestinian Central Election Commission and Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs requested the UN to deploy a Liaison and Support Unit,” she said.
The clock will be ticking as graduate students step before the judges to explain their research.The preliminary round of Brock University’s fifth annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition takes place Thursday, Feb. 16 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Pond Inlet.Winners will advance to the Brock finals on Thursday, March 30.The annual competition gives graduate students three minutes each to explain their research in a way that captivates judges and others from outside their discipline.The 3MT competition was initially introduced by the University of Queensland, Australia, in 2008 as a means to tell research stories in a new way.Brock’s challenge winner and runner-up are awarded $500 and $250, respectively.
Then-sophomore defensive lineman Noah Spence (8) tackles Penn State then-freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg during a game at Ohio Stadium on Oct. 26. OSU won, 63-14.Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State football program will likely head into its third game of the season with one of the team’s most dynamic defensive players back in the lineup.Junior defensive lineman Noah Spence is set to return to game action after missing the Buckeyes’ last three games because of a suspension handed out in January.Spence was originally suspended a full year by the NCAA for testing positive for ecstasy before his family appealed the suspension and it was reduced to three games. A second appeal was unsuccessful.Spence served his three-game suspension by sitting out the 2014 Orange Bowl and the first two games of the 2014 season against Navy and Virginia Tech.OSU coach Urban Meyer said he is excited for Spence to be back out on the field.“First of all, he is an exceptional player. I know myself and his family (are) anxious to see him play,” Meyer said during a Big Ten teleconference. “He has handled (his suspension) — he went down to the scout team and performed for the last two weeks. (He is) very selfless and we are anxious to get him going.”Neither Spence, nor the usual amount of OSU players, were made available for comment Monday following the Buckeyes’ loss to Virginia Tech. Just one player of the expected three spoke to the media after Meyer’s weekly press conference.Co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash said though he hadn’t coached Spence until the spring, he is eager to see what the junior can do.“Noah is a very talented player. Fits well in our scheme. Has a tremendous ability to get after the quarterback and I think it is going to help us a lot,” Ash said Monday.Because he was suspended, Spence spent most of his time during fall camp with the scout team. Ash said, however, Spence has still been involved with the first-team defense.“He has been in all of the defensive line meetings, so all through the course of training camp, he has worked a lot of scout team stuff going against our offense,” Ash said. “He has been out there practicing our stuff quite a bit.”Ash added that during the short time he coached Spence, he has seen the lineman take steps to become a better player throughout camp.“We saw a lot of strides in the spring from him. From the time we started to the time we ended spring practice, he really made a lot of improvement,” Ash said. “He has made improvement throughout training camp so far also and (we) are excited to see him get out there on game day.”Defensive line coach Larry Johnson said during OSU’s fall media day that he expects to play multiple linemen to keep players fresh.The addition of Spence into the lineup should help do that.“My goal is to have a group of nine to 10 guys we can shuffle in and out in no particular order,” Johnson said Aug. 10. “We have the talent to be able to do that. We just have to coach it up.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Kent State Golden Flashes on Saturday at noon at Ohio Stadium.
“From 3 April, we’ll simply be asking myWaitrose members to make a purchase before collecting their cup at the checkout. “We would like to thank you in advance for your understanding. If you have any questions about this, please either speak with a Partner in your local branch, or alternatively full FAQs can be found through the ‘contact us’ link below.”Customers have been unhappy about the change. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. In an email sent to customers, the supermarket wrote: “Our myWaitrose free tea and coffee offer is one of the ways we thank our customers for shopping with us – and we want all our customers to be able to enjoy a free hot drink when they shop with us in our branches. Waitrose is to curb its popular free tea and coffee scheme, in a move which has caused upset among customers.After a trial in eight of its stores, all in the South East, the supermarket is implementing the change across all shops.From April 3, Waitrose customers throughout the country will have to make a purchase before collecting their coffee cup at the check-out. This will be a big story in my local @waitrose: the chain has ended free coffee for customers who don’t buy spend any money— Richard Eden (@richardaeden) March 21, 2017 More developments in the Waitrose free coffee saga @markchristie! Small print says you can’t just go in and buy a single-use carrier bag 😉 pic.twitter.com/qiKi5f3juI— Rachel Ingram (@mrsrachelingram) March 21, 2017 Martin Lane, managing editor of finance website Money.co.uk said:“I’m sure this will have many loyal Waitrose customers up in arms as the famous freebie has become a firm favourite with shoppers. Paying customers can still get free tea and coffee so long as they buy something.This could be a good thing for genuine punters doing their weekly food shop and might stop some people who cheekily nip in for a regular freebie without buying anything. “For genuine customers, nothing really changes – it’s only the freeloaders who will suffer so it’s win win for the Waitrose tribe.” Finally! Waitrose removes the coffee freeloaders clogging up stores… pic.twitter.com/Vw1po6rVM2— James Murphy (@jwmurphy) March 21, 2017 One Twitter user wrote: “How can I enjoy a free tea or coffee while I shop at Waitrose if I have to buy something first? Not happy with this change at all.”Another said: “No more “free” coffee at Waitrose. You have to buy something first. I blame Brexit.”This comes after Waitrose cracked down on free coffee in January 2015, telling customers they had to buy something such as a pastry if they wanted to enjoy a free beverage in their sit-down cafes. The moment @waitrose emails you to inform you that you’ve got to make a purchase in order to qualify for a free tea or coffee… pic.twitter.com/IZ56U2O8nG— Ben Robertson ® (@CareersChapBen) March 21, 2017
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their children at the Lindo Wing, pictured here with Princess Charlotte in 2015Credit:Geoff Pugh The first night in Lindo wing costs £5,900 for the normal delivery package and then every additional night is charged at £1,175.Patients can pay extra for a deluxe package, where the rooms are slightly bigger, which costs £6,275 for the first 24 hours and £1,550 for extra nights.In what was billed as a “snub” to Kate, it had been reported that Meghan, 37, planned to give birth on the NHS at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey, because it is seven miles closer than the Lindo Wing to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, where the Sussexes are due to move in the New Year. The hospital does have a royal connection – Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, gave birth to her daughter Lady Louise Windsor there in 2003 after undergoing an emergency cesarean section. Her son, James, Viscount Severn was also born there in 2007.It is not as luxurious as the Lindo Wing. The large labour ward does not offer private care for maternity patients although private postnatal rooms are available at £100-a-night, without en suite facilities. There are 14 labour rooms available on the general ward, which saw 5,350 births from April 2016 to April 2017.Alternatively Meghan could opt for one of the four birthing rooms in The Mulberry Birth Centre, which is more of a “homely environment” where the focus is on “birth without medical intervention”. Patients are invited to pick their meals from lavish a la carte menus – including a wine and champagne list – and are offered a celebratory post-labour afternoon tea. William and Kate praised the staff there following the births of Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3 and nine-month-old Prince Louis. William and Harry were also born there. The rooms have mood-changing lights and a birthing pool is available. Active birthing is encouraged, and rooms come with a bed, chair, a bean bag and an exercise ball available to assist labour.In 2014, Sophie opened the new neonatal unit at Frimley Park Hospital and welled up as she thanked staff for helping her through an ectopic pregnancy which resulted in her losing her first child in 2002. The Countess then almost died giving birth to Louise due to blood loss.Another option for Meghan is London’s Portland Hospital for Women and Children where the Duchess of York gave birth to her daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. With celebrity clients including Victoria Beckham, the Portland has gained a reputation for being a hospital for pregnant women who are “too posh to push”. The most basic maternity package there starts at £8,000. Kensington Palace declined to comment. Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, which is responsible for the Lindo Wing, did not respond to a request for comment. Staff at the Lindo Wing have been advised not to take holiday in the spring, sparking speculation the Duchess of Sussex plans to have their baby there.Contrary to reports the former American actress plans to give birth on the NHS, she may instead follow in the footsteps of the Duchess of Cambridge, who had her three children at the private maternity unit at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.A source told the Telegraph: “Staff at the Lindo Wing have been asked not to take holiday in April. Everyone thinks it’s got something to do with the royal baby but no one is confirming anything.” Although Kensington Palace has only said the royal baby is due in the spring, six-month pregnant Meghan let slip during an engagement in Birkenhead that the baby is due at the end of April or early May.The £6,000-a-night Lindo wing offers a “five-star” birthing experience with expectant mothers accommodated in spacious private rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Martin Engineering, a worldwide leader in bulk materials handing technology, has announced the retirement of Chief Technical Director Todd Swinderman as of December 31, 2011. He will continue to support key strategic initiatives with the company as an independent consultant. Swinderman dedicated his career to advancing Martin Engineering, with more than 32 years of service. During his tenure, he was President of the company for 11 years and served seven years as President and CEO. Swinderman developed a number of proprietary systems that have achieved leading positions in the product offering, many of which have become the industry standard for design and performance. He currently holds more than 140 active patents in 12 different countries. “Todd is a well-recognised expert in bulk material handling, with over 50 years of industry experience,” said Ed Peterson, Chairman of Martin Engineering. “He has been instrumental in establishing and strengthening our outstanding R&D team, which is among the best in the industry, and he led our entry into the international marketplace. We are deeply indebted to him for his dedication and outstanding contribution to Martin Engineering.”Building on the foundation of innovation established by Swinderman and a comprehensive strategic plan, Martin is positioned to sustain its role as a global team working in an environment of continuous improvement that inspires customer loyalty.Swinderman has also played a vital role in the Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) as President of that organisation in 2009. Previously he served CEMA in several other positions, including chair of the Conveyor Components Section, chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, Secretary, Treasurer and Vice President. Swinderman also chaired the committees to re-write CEMA Standard 550: Bulk Materials and to create CEMA Standard 575: Impact Beds. In addition, he was chair, editor and “driving force” behind the Sixth Edition of the CEMA Belt Book, Belt Conveyors for Bulk Materials.Swinderman was the principal author of Martin Engineering’s FoundationsTM series of non-commercial books, which discuss methods to improve belt conveyor efficiency through total material control. He has published over 30 articles and technical papers on problems and solutions in bulk material handling, including conveyor design, safety and methods of fugitive material control.
EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you need to know as you start your day.1. #LOUTH A woman (35) was killed when her car collided with another vehicle at Castletown, Dunleer, at approximately 10.15pm last night. The road is closed for a Garda forensic examination, and diversions are in place. Gardaí are appealing for witness to contact Dunleer Garda Station on 041 6862380.2. #BUDGET Have Budget talks stalled? According to the Irish Independent today, detailed preparations for the 2014 budget have been stalled until the pay savings under the Croke Park II deal are achieved. Meanwhile, a Fine Gael minister has said that the budget ‘will ease austerity’, the Irish Times reports. The paper also says that a ‘major concession’ to middle-income taxpayers will be included in the budget.3. #ABORTION A leading perinatal psychologist, Dr Anthony McCarthy, has said that having a six-doctor panel to assess suicidal pregnant women is “almost like a sick joke” and told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that “we have learned nothing if this is a serious suggestion”. Reports at the weekend said that Labour had rejected a Fine Gael plan in an abortion bill legislating for the X Case, due to the fact it suggested the idea of the multi-doctor panel.4. #ATMS In a move that reflects Irish people’s tighter budgets, the Irish Times reports that banks will begin to dispense €10 notes later this year. The details will be discussed in the national Payments Plan, due to be published on Wednesday.5. #SAVITA Praveen Halappanavar has flown to India to speak with his late wife Savita’s parents about last week’s inquest, the Irish Independent reports. Savita’s father, Andanappa Yalagi, told the Irish Daily Mail that he wants someone held responsible for his daughter’s death, and that he and his wife are not convinced the Irish government is taking her death seriously enough.6. #PROTEST Students are to protest over the delayed opening of a €2.7m Kildare school today. St Anne’s national school was ‘completed’ in December 2011, but lies vacant, while the pupils and staff are using prefabs and a 1949 building, the protest organisers say. The facility failed a health and safety inspection in 2011.7. #BOSTON Suspected Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is ‘awake and responding to questions’, latest reports from the USA say. The 19-year-old’s throat is severely injured, and he is said to be writing down his responses to questions from investigators.8. #HO-HUM BANDIT Adam Lynch, an Irish man living in the US who was dubbed the ‘Ho-Hum Bandit’, has been sentenced to five-and-a-half-years in prison in Denver, Colorado, the Irish Examiner reports. Lynch (36) pleaded guilty to a string of robberies. He will be released in around three years, but faces more charges in another state.9. #INDIA A second man has been arrested in connection with the abduction and rape of a five-year-old girl in New Delhi, India. Pradeep Kumar was arrested at a relative’s home after the main accused, Manoj Kumar, said he had taken part in the shocking attack. The child is being treated at a hospital for internal injuries.
The availability of a 3G iPad has meant that bundling Apple’s tablet with a contract has been a growing trend. Some networks have discounted the price of the iPad in order to entice a signature for two-years of data plan charges. Until now, though, no one has offered the iPad for free as far as we know.The first to jump and start giving the hardware away is the Japanese network SoftBank. Japanese consumers can now walk out of one of SoftBank’s stores with a free iPad in exchange for signing up to a two-year data contract.The deal only covers the 16GB version of the tablet, though. If you want a 32GB it will cost $115, and a 64GB model is $230. Both are still much cheaper than buying from the Apple Store.For Apple, it really doesn’t make a lot of difference. SoftBank is still buying iPads at the same price as everyone else, they are just deferring any profit for a year or so when the data charges catch up. Apple also still makes money from the App Store whenever one of these iPads is used to make a purchase.One side effect of this deal, if it gets repeated elsewhere, is it could see a surge in iPad sales. Consumers find it hard to turn down “free”, and we are all used to signing up for multi-year contracts when buying a new smartphone.This SoftBank offer lasts until February, so we are bound to see a short-term surge in sales of 3G iPads over the next two months in Japan.Read more at Business Insider
There has been a lot of guessing recently, but for now what we know is that inflation is over 3 per cent for the second quarter in a row and that the Reserve Bank will hold interest rates at 4.75 per cent through August. So we have a breather until 6 September, when the Reserve will decide whether to raise interest rates to head-off these strong inflation numbers. I hope they don’t, and we should talk about why. Firstly, there is a real disconnection right now between monetary strategy to control inflation, and the target of those interest rate rises: talk to any business owner and they’ll tell you that every rate rise is punishing those who never benefited from inflation in the first place. Inflation is supposed to be a reflection of increased economic activity, expressed in the rising prices of goods and services. So inflation of 3.9 per cent in the June quarter should mean that this commercial activity is pushing up prices. But it’s so hard to find a business owner raising their prices, or a non-miner with increasing wages, that it’s clear one industry is pushing up wages while every business owner and householder in the country pays higher interest rates. What is actually happening in the non-mining suburbs? Prices of electricity, food and petrol are rising, and household income is static; then interest rates rise on a mortgage that was marginal when they got it four years ago, and is now a ball-and-chain attached to a property with a sinking value. There may be ‘full employment’, but work hours are extending, stress is through the roof and people are stretched as they try to balance work and still have time for the kids. So let’s say it really clearly: Australians have had a gutful of being told what a bed of roses this economy is, and that they’ll need to pay higher interest rates as a punishment for their success. It’s not true and the argument that Australians are ‘saving’ their money – as opposed to being in total defence mode – is an insult. I think the RBA has a case to answer, having dropped interest rates so sharply as the GFC took hold which lured people into property purchases. At very least they should be explaining how they reach their decisions. But rather than wait for the Reserve to move on 6 September, I’m proposing a road to recovery: go to your lender, demand a better deal, or find a lender who will. If they don’t play ball, come and see us at Yellow Brick Road. It’s a tough time and hardworking Australians deserve a better deal. Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on email@example.com with any queries you may have or check www.ybr.com.au for your nearest branch. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
RelatedPosts Load More NagaCorp welcomes Cambodia directive to halt online gambling Hong Kong-listed NagaCorp says it expects construction of the first phase of its Russian integrated resort, Naga Vladivostok, to be completed by the end of 2020.Providing Inside Asian Gaming with a progress update for the property, located in Russia’s Primorye gaming zone, Naga revealed that the 279-room hotel is now planned for completion towards the end of next year based on the latest contractor’s schedule. The company has yet to set a firm opening date for Naga Vladivostok but had stated in its recent 2018 financial results announcement that the casino “remains broadly on schedule for completion in 2019.” PAGCOR revenue to hit Php75 billion in 2020 Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move The 592,000-square foot development, which will include a 21,500-square foot multi-purpose hall, will be followed by a second phase due for completion in 2022 featuring an outdoor pool and water park.Detailing ongoing development works, Naga said that works had been slowed by excavation for archeological works on the site, with around 40% of the affected area now completed.More broadly, Naga added that all piling and substructure works were finished while 30% to 40% of super-structural works were also complete.The Hotel Tower Block is completed up to Level 3 of 11 total levels and the Casino Podium up to 50% of Level 1. There will be a total of four Casino Podium levels. The ballroom is also completed up to Level 1 of three levels.NagaCorp’s Russian update comes after the only Primorye IR already in operation, Summit Ascent’s Tigre de Cristal, revealed this week that it was hoping to launch Phase II in the “summer of 2021.”
MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – All lanes on the Palmetto Expressway in Miami Gardens have reopened after a rollover crash.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Florida Highway Patrol units responded to the scene of the crash near the Northwest 37th Avenue exit, at around 4:30 p.m., Tuesday.Aerial cameras captured an overturned car, as well as troopers directing westbound traffic, which got by on just one lane for some time.Officials have not specified whether or not anyone was injured.The lanes reopened just before 6:45 p.m.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Alaska State Troopers say a 3-year-old girl from lower Kalskag has died after a boat fell on top of her.The accident happened on Saturday on dry land, in the community of Lower Kalskag about 90 miles northeast of Bethel.Troopers say the girl, Gwendolyn Nayamin, had been playing on the 16-foot boat, which had been leaning against a home.The boat toppled while she was playing on it. No foul play is suspected, and troopers have called it an accidental death. The girl’s body will be sent to Anchorage for an autopsy.
Bearded Seal pup (Erignathus barbatus) Photo: NOAAAn appeals court today upheld a federal decision to list a species of ice seals as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.Listen Now The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision that threw out the listing.The National Marine Fisheries Service added two Arctic populations of bearded seals to the Endangered Species list in 2012, in part because the sea ice they depend on is rapidly disappearing due to climate change.Groups including the Alaska Oil and Gas Association and Arctic Slope Regional Corporation sued to stop the listing, saying the decision wasn’t based on science and could restrict development. The seals live in the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort Seas off Alaska.A district court judge in Anchorage ruled in their favor, saying long term climate predictions were volatile and the federal agency didn’t have enough data on whether the seals could adapt to the loss of their habitat.The Appeals court rejected that argument.The Center for Biological Diversity, which petitioned for the listing in 2008, called today’s decision a “huge victory” –one that shows the importance of the Endangered Species Act to protect animals threatened by climate change.The Alaska Oil and Gas Association says it’s disappointed with the decision and considering its options moving forward.
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Filmmakers, Shanker Raman and Pawan Kumar have joined Deepa Mehta (“Fire,” “Earth”) as co-directors of upcoming Netflix series “Leila.” Mehta is also the show’s creative director.Netflix announced the show in February this year. The 6-episode series is now in production, with Urmi Juvekar (“Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!,” “Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!”) as the showrunner, and will be released in 2019.A dystopian work of fiction set in the near future, “Leila” is the story of a mother in search of her daughter who she lost one tragic summer, 16 years earlier. The mother deals with various hardships in the course of her search, in a story of longing, faith and loss. The series is adapted from the novel of the same name by Prayaag Akbar.Actress, Huma Qureshi i(“Gangs of Wasseypur,” “Viceroy’s House”) is set in the role of the mother. The series also stars Siddharth Suryanarayan (“Rang de Basanti”). Popular on Variety Netflix recently unveiled a slate of original series and feature films from India. These follow the success of its Indian series “Sacred Games.” Other titles include Goa-set haunted house tale “Typewriter,” spooky period piece “Bulbul” and “Chopsticks” about an under-confident girl who teams up with a former convict and embarks on a life-changing trip to recover a stolen car.
The zodiac tells us it’s the year of the Horse, but it’s shaping up to be the year of the Drone.Facebook is in talks to acquire Titan Aerospace, a drone manufacturer, for about $60 million, according to TechCrunch. Unlike Amazon, which envisions a future of delivery drones, Facebook is reportedly planning to use drones to further Internet.org, its grand plan to bring low-cost internet access to every corner of the world.Report: How Drones Are Changing the Way We Do BusinessThe unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which are solar powered and fly at near-orbital heights without needing to land for five years, could be used to broadcast the internet to the 5 billion people on the planet in parts of Africa and elsewhere who still don’t have access.Titan touts the drones as the world’s first “atmospheric satellites,” which have many of the same capabilities as traditional satellites including ground imaging, weather monitoring and broadcasting communication signals. If the deal goes through, Facebook would begin by building 11,000 of the Solera 60-type UAVs, TechCrunch reports.Related: Look Out, Amazon: Dubai Could Have Delivery Drones by Year’s EndInternet.org competes with Google’s Project Loon, a similar initiative that uses balloons instead of drones to deliver internet to developing parts of the world.By providing people with their first online experience in places where the internet is far from ubiquitous, both companies hope to develop loyal, lifelong customers. Their motives may not be entirely altruistic, but the outcome — a world more connected through information — may ultimately benefit.Report: In Leaked Spoof, Netflix Takes Aim at Amazon’s Proposed Drones This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. March 4, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free 2 min read
Traffic was held on the M6 motorway this morning after a dog got onto the carriageway. Motorists were held in both directions between J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach/Crewe) and J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich /Holmes Chapel). The northbound carriageway was originally shut, but Highways England and Inrix have now confirmed the carriageway is blocked in both directions. Police first confirmed they were searching for the dog shortly after 9am, with the carriageway shutting at around 9.20am and reopening at around 9.45am today (January 1 2019). The dog is not believed to have been injured. Read MoreWatch out for these roadworks affecting your journeys across the area this week A Highways England spokesman said: “Traffic has been released on the M6 in both directions between J17 – J18 and the dog safely returned to its owner. “With thanks to North West Motorway Police and our Highways England Traffic officers. “ A North West Motorway Police spokesman added: “Delighted to inform you that the Dog and Owner have been re-united. “For those of you caught up in the delay on the M6 J17 NB & SB – Thank you for your patience.” Read MorePolice deal with almost 400 incidents in first seven hours of 2019 Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive.09:47Dog returned to owner and road reopenedA Highways England spokesman said:Traffic has been released on the M6 in both directions between J17 – J18 and the dog safely returned to its owner. With thanks to North West Motorway Police and our Highways England Traffic officers. “09:42Traffic held in both directionsStationary traffic due to all traffic being temporarily held and animals on road on M6 in both directions from J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe) to J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). 09:35The affected stretch of the motorwayThe affected stretch of carriageway (Image: Inrix)09:32Disruption reported in both directionsThe dog is now causing delays in both directions, according to Traffic England.09:29What we know so farThe northbound carriageway is shut due to a dog on the M6 between junction 17 and junction 18North West Motorway Police first said they were responding to reports shortly after 9am this morning.Highways England are also at the scene.
Related posts:Police raid offices, home of US real estate mogul accused of fraud Cops in Limón nab alleged suspect in mugging of British tourists Nicaraguan man found guilty of raping, killing US missionary Israeli tourist caught smuggling cocaine at Costa Rica airport On Saturday night, assailants robbed three U.S. tourists in Costa Rica’s capital San José in an attack that ended with one of the victims rushed to Calerdón Guardia Hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest.Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) told The Tico Times that the 24-year-old victim, Leah Britton, was in stable condition on Monday.Britton and two other tourists were walking in the Los Yoses neighborhood in eastern San José around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday when they were approached by men traveling in a gray car. Four suspects reportedly in their 20s stepped out of the vehicle and threatened the group with a gun. The attackers stole cash, cellphones and passports before telling the victims to lie on the ground.An OIJ spokesman said Britton, after handing over her belongings, refused to lie down. One of the suspects then shot her. The attackers then fled in the same gray vehicle.Britton was admitted to the Calerdón Guardia Hospital in the capital.Jorge Zúñiga, spokesman for the OIJ, told The Tico Times that the police agency recommends robbery victims follow attackers’ orders and avoid fighting. Zúñiga added that suspects often are armed, and resistance could dangerously escalate a situation.He added that Los Yoses, a neighborhood in eastern San José with many hostels, is not known as a dangerous part of the capital, and although robberies are rare, they do occur.As of this post, OIJ investigators have not recovered any belongings or identified the four suspects. The investigation is ongoing. Facebook Comments